Ashby de la Zouch Museum Digital Engagement Projects

Ashby de la Zouch Museum Digital Engagement Projects

We’re bubbling with excitement!

Well the Olympics has been pretty exciting but we’re bubbling with excitement about our next temporary exhibition which opens on Tuesday because it’s all about the Standard Soap Company which closed in Ashby last Christmas after over 100 years of soap making in Ashby.

We’ve been posting some photographs from the staff photo album we’ve created on Facebook and it’s certainly attracting a lot of attention (I think at least one photo has officially “gone viral”!)  Former staff members have been enjoying the trip down memory lane and have been turning the Ashby Facebook page into a bit of chatroom which is lovely!

Looking forward to getting the exhibition up on Monday and also to welcoming former staff members to see it on Tuesday.  Hannah Moore, staff reporter from the Ashby and Coalville Times is due to call in too and will be writing a feature.  Sadly, for us, this will be the last time we see Hannah as she is off to London to do an MA in Broadcast Journalism.  Well, we knew she was too good to stay long on a small local paper.  We’ll miss her lots and we wish her all the best with her career.

We’ve also been keeping an eye on the archaeological dig which is going on at St Helens Church cottage and our Film Unit is making a film about it.

Following a very interesting course from Digital Welly about how to write Wikipedia articles and use QRpedia, we are in the process of producing our first Wikipedia article about Napoleonic prisoners of war in Ashby.  We’ll let you know when that’s up and running but at the moment there is too much else going on!

I hate to say it kids but it will soon be back to school time.  We are planning a major schools campaign in the autumn with our education team going in to local schools to take assembly and let schools know what we can offer in the way of school visits, out of school activities and general support for learning.  Our next Kids’ History Club will be 6th October when Steve Saunders will be leading a host of fun activities on the theme of the English Civil Wars.  Look out for a real life Civil War soldier who will be popping in and there will be chance for kids to join in with dressing up activities and crafts.

 

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Ashby Museum was established in 1982 in a small cottage in Lower Church Street. In 1991 it relocated to its present home in North Street, where it shares the old National School building with the town Library and Tourist Information Centre. In 2006-7, thanks to a major Heritage Lottery Fund Grant, a two storey extension was added. It is a Registered Charity and is run by a group of trustees supported by over 50 volunteer custodians. It won the Leicestershire Heritage Award for best temporary exhibitions in 1998, 2001 and 2003. In July 2007, the museum won Museum of the Year in Leicestershire. It works closely with the county Museum Service and other independent museums in the area, sharing expertise and artefacts.

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